“Tigers…are predestined by their perch at the top of the food web to be big in size and sparse in numbers. They live on such a small portion of life’s available energy as always to skirt the edge of extinction, and they are the first to suffer when the ecosystem around them starts to erode.” Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University, Pulitzer prize winner and renown champion of biodiversity “At the time when the world predicted that tigers would not survive the 21st century, ExxonMobil provided funding and strategic support to our fight to save tigers. Today, ExxonMobil is a valued partner in all of our efforts to ensure that tigers not only survive, but thrive for decades to come. ” Mahendra Shrestha, Ph.D., Save The Tiger Fund Director Biodiversity Conservation ExxonMobil is committed to meeting the world’s growing demands for energy in an environmentally responsible manner. We live up to this commitment by respecting both human and natural habitats, applying best practice in environmental management and participating in efforts such as the Save The Tiger Fund. Why Tigers? Tigers are endangered and at the brink of extinction, signifying ecosystems in crisis. One hundred years ago there were over 100,000 wild tigers in Asia. Today, there are fewer than 5,000. The lack of quality habitat is one of the major dangers facing tigers. With land being destroyed for lumber and redeveloped for agricultural, commercial and residential uses, habitats occupied by tigers have decreased by forty percent in the last ten years. Tigers now live in only seven percent of their natural historical range. Additionally, the poaching of tigers and their prey is a major concern. In recent years, the alarming resumption of poaching for pelts, bones and organs used in traditional medicine and ceremonies has made it an immediate and urgent threat. “The survival of wild tigers requires a healthy food chain, water supply, habitat preservation, and a respectful balance between man and nature. ExxonMobil Foundation's efforts to save this charismatic species demonstrates our support for biodiversity conservation in a complex and ever-changing world.” Gerald McElvy, President, ExxonMobil Foundation Save The Tiger Fund ExxonMobil Foundation founded Save The Tiger Fund (STF) in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1995. The Foundation has invested over $13.5 million in tiger conservation efforts since 1992 – representing one of the largest corporate foundation commitments ever made to saving a species. STF was created to develop an effective and ongoing structure to strategically address the threats facing the tiger. The problem of protecting tigers does not have a single, simple solution. STF provides strategic leadership and direction to address the ever-changing needs. Since its inception, STF staff has employed innovative approaches to this complex challenge. STF partners with other leading environmental groups such as World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, WildAid and Fauna and Flora International, as well as local organizations in tiger range countries to empower leadership, educate the next generation of conserva- tionists and apply robust, proactive methods for tiger conservation. Through these partnerships, STF has supported 287 tiger conservation and education projects throughout the world. Top: Grassland habitat along the foothills of the Himalayas in the Terai of India and Nepal. Bottom left: Tiger cubs cannot survive on their own, but can be saved by timely human intervention. Bottom right: Nurseries supply seedlings of local plant species to help restore public lands, critical to the community as well as tiger habitats. “Over the years, a variety of different ideas have been presented as the ‘cure-all’ to saving tigers. Our work at Save The Tiger Fund has taught us that bringing back the tiger population necessitates a coordinated, multi-faceted approach.” John Seidensticker, Ph.D., Chairman, Save The Tiger Fund Council Success in the Field Continued Threats STF’s grantee projects have achieved significant results: Despite significant success, threats continue and the recent increase in I Funded work in Myanmar to have the 5,120,000 acres in the poaching has pushed the wild tiger population to a critical state. In Hukuang Valley declared as protected tiger reserve. September 2005, STF and ExxonMobil Foundation launched a three-year initiative called the Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking (CATT). CATT seeks I Extended the Sikhote-Alin Reserve by 165,000 acres and funded to foster unprecedented global cooperation by galvanizing support and research and conservation projects in the Russian Far East that led to leadership from governments, NGOs, businesses and local communities a stable tiger population. to stop the trade of tigers. I Educated traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and consumers According to Judy Mills, veteran environmentalist and CATT director, in China and the U.S. on tiger bone alternatives. “ExxonMobil understands the need to act quickly to changing threats. CATT I Assisted a voluntary resettlement program in the Western Ghats of is a perfect example ExxonMobil’s willingness to support important, new India to improve the livelihood of people moving out of remote areas directions for STF and their appreciation for the complexity of the problem.” of parks, making available over 50,000 acres of prime tiger habitat in a protected area. I Planted over half a million trees to restore about 14,000 acres of buffer zone forests and wildlife corridors in the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal and brought them under the local community management. To learn more about ExxonMobil and the Save The Tiger Fund, please visit www.exxonmobil.com. For information about making a donation, please visit www.savethetigerfund.org.